Stopping Search and Rescue Operations
JRS-UK Director, Louise Zanré, has described the UK’s decision
to stop supporting operations that save migrants at danger in the Mediterranean as ‘nonsensical’ and ‘unconscionable’.
Speaking to Independent Catholic News, Louise Zanré, said:
“The decision is unconscionable. It puts peoples’ lives at risk
– and purely because of a nonsensical idea that rescuing people at sea is in some way a pull factor. People are being forced to flee across the Mediterranean in unseaworthy boats and in overcrowded conditions. No one makes that choice if he or she does not have to.” Read more...
JRS at your parish in 2014?
Would you enjoy hosting the "Come and see" photography exhibition at your parish or venue?
We would be interested to talk about opportunities for the autumn and can also provide a speaker who can share stories and reflections about the photos and JRS's work of accompaniment for asylum seekers, as well as help you engage with current issues and debate around immigration and refugee issues. Contact the office to discuss your needs and ideas further.
Inquiry on Detention within the UK Launched
All Party Parliamentary Group is calling for evidence
The APPG on Refugees and APPG on Migration are conducting a parliamentary inquiry into the use of immigration detention in the UK. The inquiry, which I will be chairing, will examine the use of detention in the UK immigration and asylum systems, with a particular focus on the conditions within detention centres, the impact on individual detainees and their families, the wider financial and social consequences, how detention is used in other countries, and the future role of detention within the immigration system. Following the receipt of evidence between July and October 2014, and a series of oral evidence sessions, the inquiry aims to publish a report in early 2015. For more information, please visit www.detentioninquiry.com.
Connecting People, Building Hope
We post regular reflections, stories, image and poems to our Community Blog. Visit us and be part of the wider community of people connected wth our work and stories.
For detailed research and policy information about issues affecting destitute and detained asylum seekers across Europe, visit JRS Europe.
JRS International Newsroom
For up to date information on what JRS is doing in Columbia, Syria and other places suffering from conflict or natural disaster, visit JRS International.